PETERSEN: 'I will not abuse my position of power'
I AM a local; my family moved to Ipswich in the mid-1800s.
I was school captain of Bremer High School and excelled at debating and sports and I have worked as a nurse, model, media personality and a university lecturer on economics, business and government.
My degree is a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours), and I won a scholarship to complete a PhD, obtaining a film degree.
I have almost completed an Honours Law degree and have been a visiting scholar at New York University and other prestigious universities.
I have a black belt in karate and competed and medalled nationally and internationally. I have a partner of 16 years, Rob, and a border collie "Pete”, both of whom I adore. The mayor should represent and promote the economic and social interests of Ipswich on international stage.
What type of mayor does Ipswich need?
As mayor, they should have the capacity to perform and network at international forums. They should be skilled at public speaking, public relations and have media experience
They should possess excellent personal communication skills and understand business/finance, economy, government and politics. As mayor, I would demonstrate the capacity to be respectful and be a tough negotiator with state/federal governments.
I would not toe the party line. There would be a ban on donations from individuals, organisations and businesses to avoid conflicts of interest. I would not abuse my position of power if elected and show I have a heart.
List the major issues for Ipswich
Crime: Elderly are being held up in their homes. Families are terrified of hooning, out of control cars mowing them down, syringes are in parks, and there is graffiti everywhere. We need more police, more security guards. We need cameras in suburban streets were hooning takes place. We must address the issue of drug and alcohol abuse, child abuse, and youth homelessness.
Environment: Toxic dumps/fumes, lack of public transport/gridlock on Ipswich Motorway, bushland destroyed.
Young people and pensioners: I support the arts, film/theatre, music, visual arts, rate reduction for pensioners.
List your main policies
Law/Order: Security guards, additional police, speed cameras address "hooning”, crack down on serious crime.
Health/Welfare: Additional nursing homes, support for seniors wishing to remain in homes, live in Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre, free parking Ipswich Hospital, Relocate toxic dumps, additional parks, off-leash dog areas, protection of bushland.
Economy: Ipswich becoming a tourist destination, with cultural activities, beautiful parks, best restaurants/cafes; clear Brisbane River for ferry trip to/from Brisbane; performing arts complex; Support small business/employment; CBD free parking, stop construction proposed ICC building.
List one thing you have done outside politics to benefit Ipswich
Won "QT Youth Cares Award” for "outstanding contribution to the community”, voluntary work aged care facilities, food/clothing to homeless; raised funds Centre for Domestic Violence; free counselling victims of domestic violence; free anti-bullying classes children; Flood clean-up; Organiser toxic dump meetings; Bundamba creek clean-up; Organiser "Save our Buses”.